Riding in Honor, Supporting the Fallen


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Riding in Honor

On Thursday, December 20th, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. Phoenix Police Detective Will Ocampo and Officers Christopher Talley, Benjamin Carro, Russell Baubie and Bryon Kuehn presented Ms. Beth Coleman, widow of fallen Maricopa County Sheriff’s Deputy William “Bill” Coleman, with a check for $5000.00 as a part of the continuing effort of law enforcement officers everywhere to honor our fallen brothers and sisters and offer support to their families. These Phoenix Police Officers joined 245 officers from the United States and abroad to participate in the “Tour De Force 9/11 Memorial Ride”. Prior to September 8, 2012 these officers worked as a team to coordinate two large fundraising events with the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Arizona Biltmore Golf Course to raise money for the families of fallen officers throughout the United States.   As a result of their participation in this year’s event, our officers received the donation of $5,000 from the Tour De Force NY to support the family of our local hero, Bill Coleman.  

A little about “The Tour De Force 9/11 Memorial Bike Ride”:

The four day, 290 mile event started at City Hall in Boston Massachusetts on September 8th, 2012 and ended at “Ground Zero in New York City on September 11th, 2012.

The Tour de Force's dual mission is to honor the victims of 9/11 by keeping their memory alive through cycling events, and to raise funds to benefit the families of police officers nationwide who made the ultimate sacrifice and were killed in the line of duty.
Each September, law enforcement officers from around the country and abroad depart on bicycles and journey the approximately 290 miles along the east coast to support this cause. Each and every rider participates in raising funds to support what we all believe is a wonderful and very worthwhile endeavor. It is the belief in the mission that brings so many participants back year after year.

MCSO Deputy William “Bill” Coleman: Line of Duty Death

Deputy Sheriff William Coleman, age 50, was shot and killed while responding to a burglary call in Anthem at approximately 4:15 am January 8, 2012.
Deputy Coleman had served with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office for 20 years. He is survived by his wife and several children, two of whom are 4 and 7 years old.